Side by Side

  • 15
  • Christopher Kenneally (2012)
  • US
  • 98 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

As digital technology increasingly takes the place of traditional film cameras on movie shoots, this illuminating feature documentary lines up proponents on both sides to discuss the impact of the power of the pixel on the art and craft of the cinema. Keanu Reeves (who also co-produced) is on hand to chat with the absolute best in the business - James Cameron describes his part in developing a new generation of digital movie cameras, while Martin Scorsese feels he's had to learn his craft all over again when going digital on his more recent projects. Championing traditional methods, however, are Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan and his cameraman Wally Pfister, while David Fincher remains largely agnostic, as long as the tools are up to his demanding specifications. Thanks to a host of choice clips (on film and HD), Chris Kenneally's film is both even-handed and surprisingly accessible to both techno-geeks and the general audience alike. Timely and smartly assembled, it's above all hugely entertaining.

Plot Summary

Documentary with Keanu Reeves leading an exploration into the way digital technology is shaping cinema. With contributions from leading lights of the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, David Lynch and James Cameron.

Cast and crew

Cast

Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
James Cameron
James Cameron
David Lynch
David Lynch
David Fincher
David Fincher
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham
Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
George Lucas
George Lucas
Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
Vittorio Storaro
Vittorio Storaro
Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
Michael Ballhaus
Michael Ballhaus

Crew

Director
Christopher Kenneally

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Axiom Films
Available on DVD
Released 15 Feb 2013
Categories
Arts
Documentary